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Unemployment level similar to last year

Cliff Thompson

That’s probably not news to employers in the typically employee-starved resort towns in Eagle County and across the region. The state’s job vacancy rate was 5.2 percent while Eagle County’s was 3.2 percent, down from last year’s 3.5 percent.

That translated in 1,580 jobs that were available during the survey period. The average wage for all reported vacancies was $14.10.

“This report tells us employers are looking for employees,” said Sonya Guran, an economist with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The Northwest and Rural Region, one of 12 regions studied by the Department, consists of Eagle, Clear Creek, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit Counties.



“There is a very high demand for ski instructors and teachers,” Guran said.”This information is current and it gives people looking for jobs what is in demand.

The Department based the statistics on a cross-sampling of 796 employers in the region, that represent 40 percent of the employers. Of those contacted, 140 were government agencies; 70 were large employers with 150 or more employees and 586 were small to mid-sized companies.



In 70 percent of the job vacancies, employers are looking for employees with specific experience. The study discovered that 24 percent of the job vacancies were open for 60 or more days and 12 percent were considered very difficult to fill.

Other statistics:

– 17 percent of employers surveyed had at least one vacancy rate.



– Service jobs accounted for 75 percent of job vacancies.

– Sixty-five percent of the vacancies were for full-time permanent positions .

– Most surveyed job vacancies do not require more than a high school diploma.

Employers last year found the number of employees a refreshing change from previous years, when jobs were unfilled for the entire winter season, and the unemployment numbers this year indicate employees may be found in numbers that mirror last year’s numbers.

A continued economic slump that has put the national unemployment rate at 5.2 percent, has left employees available for the seasonal, part-time jobs.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com


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